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Notes from Larkhaven Farm, Week 2

2012 April 17
by Alice

Here is the first installment of notes and photos from Aurora’s letters and emails from her internship on Larkhaven Farm. Read about her hunt for an internship, and what she is doing at Larkhaven.

“… I witnessed my first lambing. Second lamb was a breech, but both are fine so far.

bottle babies

“I can hear sheep from my cabin, & birds,

cabin and dairy

“& more birds.

bird of prey

“Yesterday it was noted Teardrop’s bag was filling up (her milk was coming in) & today she surprised us with twins as well.┬áNot that twins are uncommon for sheep; she hadn’t looked very big.

“Sheep can & do often have twins, triplets, & quads, although sometimes the littlest one doesn’t make it.

“Did you know that lambs’ tails go crazy in an almost corkscrew motion when they feed? Imagine a little lamb muscling her way to an open teat on the lamb bar, her little tail twitching & spinning around.

newborns

“I climbed up to the top of one of the hills this afternoon. Amazing view.

north from top of Little Whiskey

“I am sore & tired & happy.”

balanced rock

My thoughts:

  1. Sheesh, Ro really picked an ugly place to intern. NOT.
  2. Baby black sheep SQUEEEEEE.
  3. Rohechagau tambien, ermana!
4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Mama permalink
    April 17, 2012

    I love that image of rotary tails. So neat to see the pix and get a glimpse of what you’re doing! Much love–

  2. Alice permalink*
    April 21, 2012

    The little black lamb is obscenely cute. Does the farm use their wool along with the milk?

  3. April 29, 2012

    They sell the wool to help cover the costs of the (necessary yearly) shearing. It is very pretty wool, though.

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